Six institutions receive 12 thousand dollars worth of inputs to help boost small-scale agriculture

The project implementation units of the Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project, has donated over twelve thousand dollars worth of inputs to six institutions in Dominica in an effort to further cultivate a stronger interest in small-scale agriculture.

The inputs were officially handed over on January 14, 2021, to the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School, St Luke’s Primary, Kaleb John Laurent Primary, Kalinago Barana Aute, the Center where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve (CALLS) and the Ministry of Environment.

Addressing the ceremony, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Kyra Paul Ph.D. said the provision of inputs to schools and organizations would give a boost to the backyard gardening project which was started by the ministry in 2020.

“We expect that over 500 beneficiaries will take advantage of the high-quality inputs that we are making available such as agrochemicals, organic manure and tools and of course other supplies as is visible,” Paul said.

She emphasized the importance of youths being engaged in projects at the national level to ensure sustainability.

“So the provision of inputs to schools is a means by which we are promoting the adoption of good agricultural practices and nutrition at the foundation level which is our schools and our homes and our communities,” the PS stated. “Furthermore, the exposure of our students at the schools to agriculture will promote entry into the field by engaging our students and communities to support the continued growth of the sector. This is one of our strategies for taking agriculture scale success to a much wider scale.”

Paul said the World Bank-funded Emergency Agricultural Livelihood and Climate Resilience Project not only provides assistance to commercial farmers but also improves community access to agriculture inputs with a hope of increasing our local food stock as well as decreasing our import of foods that can be grown or processed on the island.

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3 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    January 21, 2021

    Everything that is done by this soulless regime is meticulously calculated for political gain and distraction from burning issues.

    The rogue regime completely destroyed a food crop then conveniently distribute a few farm implements to pacify farmers and quiet public outcry. Unsurprisingly, many Dominicans are so poor that even the burnt rice, at the bottom of the pot, is enough to silence them. Sad but true.

  2. Motives
    January 19, 2021

    For crying out loud, why do we all expect things to always be how we want them to be? There are things that are actually being done, every body has their turn. Give the negativity a break! Jeeze!

  3. Imputing Improper Motives (IIM)
    January 18, 2021

    Maybe if the same thing could happen to other farmers, as what happened to the farmer in Westley, and then publicized, then more money probably would be poured in different areas of the agricultural sector.

    You see, that is how this government functions. Something happens, once it hits the public, they pour money as a defense as if the thing will just go away. But I am making a bold prediction, the housing bubble- Linton exposed the amount of money that was being siphoned by this cabal, yes the binbawball- will collapse, and all hell will break loose.

    No institution can continue to fool a people with these gimmicks and believe it is going to be sustainable. And Skeritt knows that too well, which is the main reason for pouring money on any public bobo.

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